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Blackburn with Darwen new local measures

Blackburn with Darwen new local measures

Together Housing residents in Blackburn and Darwen must familiarise themselves with the new local measures announced last night by the Council’s Director of Public Health to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

The announcement follows a recent increase in the number of Coronavirus cases in the area. The new measures are:

  • A limit of two people from the same household allowed to visit another household

    At the moment national guidance allows two families to meet indoors as long as they keep to social distancing guidance. Residents are being asked to limit the number of people meeting indoors to people who live in the house plus only two members from a second household at any one time.

  • Wearing cloth face coverings in all enclosed public spaces

    All residents will be strongly recommended to wear a cloth face covering (or non-surgical mask) in all enclosed public spaces. This means in all shops, workplaces, libraries, museums, health centres, hair and beauty salons etc.

  • Greeting and embracing

    Rather than give handshakes or a hug, people are being asked to only bump elbows with anyone outside of their immediate family. If we all do it, no one will be offended or think we’re being rude!

  • Support for small shops

    Blackburn with Darwen are stepping up the Public Protection advice and support to small shops across the borough to ensure that measures such as wearing face coverings, social distancing, good hygiene practice and increased ventilation are being followed to help reduce the risk of virus spread in these businesses.

  • Testing

    There will be a mobile testing unit at Witton Park Academy in addition to the testing facility at Royal Blackburn Hospital. You don’t need to have symptoms to be tested – this will help with case finding, identifying people who have no symptoms but who carry the virus.

For more information please refer to the Council’s advice:
https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/local-coronavirus-response-advice-and-testing

No change to services offered to residents in Blackburn with Darwen

Together Housing has carefully reviewed the new guidelines issued by the Council. At this stage, there are currently no plans to change the services we offer to our residents in Blackburn with Darwen.

This means that we will continue to deliver services such as repairs, work on empty homes, let homes or cut the grass in Blackburn with Darwen. The decision will be regularly reviewed in line with any changes in guidance from the Council and the Government.

Visiting residents’ homes

If you have an appointment scheduled in your home with Together Housing for whatever reason, we will call ahead to check whether you or a member of your household are currently experiencing any coronavirus symptoms.

Please inform us if there are any symptoms to report and we will rearrange your appointment for a future date.

Our visiting staff member will ask you again about any symptoms within the household when they arrive at the property and before entering. This is to ensure it is safe to carry out your appointment.

Face coverings in residents’ homes

From tomorrow (Thursday 16 July), all Together Housing staff members entering residents’ homes within the Blackburn with Darwen area will wear a face covering.

This is in line with the updated guidance from the Council and has been put in place to keep our residents and staff safe.

Contact us

You can still contact us by phone on 0300 555 5560. Lines are open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and outside of these times for emergencies.

Alternatively, you can send us a message electronically anytime via our website here.

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